Bink! Speaks On Producing 'Devil In A New Dress,' Just Blaze Controversy

For producer Bink!, finding new inspiration to renter the rap game came with a single phone call and beat. After catching wind of few of Hip-Hop’s most esteemed producers flying out to Hawaii to work with Kanye West on his new album, the Virgina native simply picked up his cell and dialed an old friend.

“I was working on the Dynasty album when Kanye started coming around Roc-A-Fella. It’s like we just had a mutual respect for each other,” Bink! tells VIBE. “He used to come by my house, and we would 'beat spar,' going head to head with new beats.”

Almost immediately after Bink! played his first instrumental for 'Ye, he knew that the record that would become “Devil In A New Dress” was a keeper. “The reaction I got from him after I played the beat for the first time was real intense," Bink! remembers. "I mean 'Ye just doesn’t react to music if it’s not genuine."

Bink! wasn’t even aware that Kanye would leak the record two weeks back for his weekly G.O.O.D. Friday new music releases. He says he's unsure if it'll make Kanye's forthcoming LP (said to be titled Dark Twisted Fantasy), but the man who crafted classics for Jay-Z has a few more surprises on the horizon.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work with Jill Scott. She just did a hook for me on a Young Jeezy’s record. I was working with the Jam Boyz in Philly, and she just happened to be singing in the next room,” Bink! says on his reemergence in Hip-Hop. “She loved the record and killed the hook in minutes."

After remaining low-key for the last decade, Bink! is posed to make a full return to the rap game. He recently knocked out a record with Joell Ortiz that he says is the kind of hardcore club anthem that people have been waiting to hear from the Brooklyn emcee. But his return to the spotlight was greeted with a bit of online controversy.

Last week, through Twitter, Bink! exchanged words with Just Blaze over issues regarding who really should be credited with bringing the soul sample heavy production to Jay-Z. Admittedly, Bink! says he hasn’t spoken with Hov in years, but attributes his tension with Just to the words of others.

“It was just frustrating over the years for people to come ask me for sound that I cultivated by putting another producer’s name on it,” explains Bink!. “A lot of people couldn’t understand where I was coming from because they’ve never cultivated their own sound. They’re looking at me like crazy but do you know how long it takes to cultivate a sound?"

He continues, "I’m cool though, I saw Just on Twitter saying he was trying to resolve this over 10 years ago, but that could have been resolved by him doing his own thing. [Laughs] But I’m not the aggressor here—I’m the victim. They are making me out to be the bad guy. I’m just talking to anybody in this game that is taking from someone else. You can’t call someone a genius who is taking from the next man.” —Mikey Fresh


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Vic Mensa and his group 93PUNX covered "Zombie" by Irish rock group The Cranberries, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the group’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

93PUNX serves as an opportunity for Mensa to perform music outside of his typical hip-hop lane and explore genres more freely. He posted snippets of the track on his Instagram page with the caption, “RIP DOLORES.” Mensa also revealed in a statement the reason why he covered the hit.

“We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence,” he said. Dolores O’Riordan died on Jan. 15, 2018. Toxicology reports state that the 46-year-old died from accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The artwork for the “Zombie” cover features a woman with dripping, bloody fangs, and was created by artist Lucas David. The cover version itself is slowed down, which provides a more mysterious take on the 1994 protest classic.

Mensa released his recent project HOOLIGANS in December 2018, which traverses various thematic landscapes, from mental health awareness to love lost. The EP features Ty Dolla $ign, G-Herbo, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and more.

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City Girls And Cardi B Bask In Their Bootyliciousness For 'Twerk' Video

As it is written, so it must be done, and there's a whole lot of shakin' going on in The City Girls' video, "Twerk."

The video for the Cardi-B-assisted track features some of the finest twerkers the world has to offer, who were encouraged to show off their skills for a contest last year. The winner would receive $50,000. Not only did the winner get "flewed out," the woman with the best skills was highlighted at the end of the visual.

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The song itself has been streamed over 215 million times, and is featured on the duo's album, Girl Code. The Floridians gained national exposure after being featured on Drake's "In My Feelings," however, hey've proven to be standalone entities in their own right.

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Bad Bunny's "Mia" Causes Mass Parade In Streets Of Puerto Rico On 'Fallon'

Bad Bunny brought the party to The Tonight Show and to the streets of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday (Jan. 15) with Jimmy Fallon.Performing his new single "Mia" with Fallon and The Roots, the four of them walked the streets of Puerto Rico drawing in a large crowd of fans and followers behind them.

Opening on Fallon and The Roots walking through the streets of Puerto Rico, the video shows group as they stumble across the 24-year-old sitting alone. Bad Bunny joins them, taking them on an adventure through the streets. The late night host and his band march alongside the “Solo de Mi" artist with tambourines, timbale sticks and maracas while women and men dressed in streetwear and the best of carnival clothing dance behind Bunny and Fallon as they wave Puerto Rico's national flag. As the crowd of participants grew, the crowd eventually reached parade sized proportions.

This prerecorded segment features the studio version of "Mia" without the Spanish verse delivered by hip-hop's golden boy Drake.  The track aslo comes from the reggaeton singer's debut Long Play record, X100PRE.

Check out the full video of Bad Bunny with the boy from The Tonight Show above.

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